Originally Posted by GREEN THERAPY
My question to those that have quilts is how much room they take up in a pack. I live where rain is predominate over the winter and am fearful of using down which compresses better than synthetic. I have made one synthetic quilt and I have a largish pack ( G4 home made ) and couldn't compress the quilt enuff to fit everything in without jumping in the pack with my feet to squeeze everything. It will work well for car camping but not for hiking.
Synthetic takes up a lot of room. I carried the camo one (Potomac) on a week-long trip this summer, and far and away it was the bulkiest thing in the pack. I carried it rather than the down one
a) for reasons related to stealth
b) for similar concerns about rain
c) because I really don't like the JRB green (sorry Jacks. But hammocking is all about personal preference, and I personally prefer other colors. But it is black on what I take to be the "inside". If the black side is as water resistant as the green side, then I'm happy to flip it to black side out.)
Were I to do it again (rather, when I do it again) I'd go with the down one, covered by a lightweight stealthy weather shield. The quilt is already in DWR ripstop, but a cover will add more protection from side-blown rain, and for everyone's eyes